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High Tunnel Workshop, March 10, 2014

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"High Tunnel Workshop for Home Gardeners & Commercial Growers" is set for Monday, March 10, 2014 at St. Leo's Catholic Church Spirit of Life Center, 211 Langer Ave. N. Casselton, ND from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

High tunnels are a completely separate production technology compared to regular gardening or field production. At its simplest, a high tunnel is a non-permanent structure with no electrical service and no heating. A single layer of greenhouse plastic covers the frame, is left on year-round, and lasts two or three years. Vents are opened and sides rolled up manually. Plants in the tunnel are protected from frost by mulch or row covers.

High Tunnels are becoming very popular in the local food production system as they allow both the commercial grower & home gardener to produce an abundance of early produce and also extend the end of the year growing season. Fruits and vegetables grown in high tunnels are often of very high quality.

The registration fee is $25, which includes lunch, course materials and refreshments. Participants can call Todd Weinmann, NDSU Extension Service, Cass County at 701-241-5707 or Randy Nelson, UMN Extension, Clay County at 218-299-7338 for more information. Registration after March 3 is $35.

High Tunnel Workshop Brochure

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Garden Day, March 8, 2014

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"Gardening Saturday," is set for March 8, 2014, Loftsgard Hall, 1360 Albrecht Boulevard, Fargo, ND from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The registration fee is $20, and includes lunch. Participants can call Todd Weinmann, NDSU Extension Service, Cass County at 701-241-5707 or Randy Nelson, UMN Extension, Clay County at 218-299-7338 for more information. Registration after February 28 is $25.

2014 Gardening Saturday Brochure.pdf

Crops Update, January 21, 2014

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The 2014 Crops Update will be held on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at the American Legion, 303, 30th St N, Moorhead, MN. Check out our agenda.pdf

Earth-Kind® Hydrangea Trial Plot Tour

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Earth-Kind® Hydrangea Trial Plot Tour

You are invited to attend the Earth-Kind® Hydrangea Trial Plot Tour on Monday, August 19 from 10:00 am until noon. We will meet at the Earth-Kind® Hydrangea Trial located at Cottonwood Park in Dilworth. Your tour guides will be Randy Nelson, UMN Extension, Clay County and Todd Weinmann, NDSU Extension Service, Cass County.

The Earth-Kind® Environmental Landscape Management System was developed by horticulture specialists at Texas AgriLife Extension Service in 1993. The goal is to have people enjoy beautiful, productive landscapes which require only minimal maintenance while providing maximum protection for the environment. The Earth-Kind® Environmental Landscape Management System addresses four major horticulture challenges; stewardship of water resources, abuse/misuse of commercial fertilizers, abuse/misuse of pesticides, and the need to keep yard wastes in the landscape instead of the landfill. Areas within the Earth-Kind® program where research has been especially focused include choosing the most adaptable plants for a given region.

Please join us on Monday, August 19 at 10:00 am to view the hydrangea trial. Many of the hydrangeas will be in bloom (figures 1 and 2).

If you have questions about the plot tour, or to request disability accommodations, please contact Randy Nelson at the University of Minnesota Extension office, Clay County at 218-299-7338, 1-800-299-5020 or email at nels1657@umn.edu.

Cottonwood Park is located on the south side of the city near the intersection of Bean Ave. & Prior St. (From HWY 10 in Dilworth: head south at stoplight. Cross railroad tracks and head east at 'T' to Avon St. Head south on Avon St. Park is located at the end of Avon St. From South Moorhead: At junction of 12 Ave S. and 40th St. S. head east on 12 Ave S to 50th St. S. Head north on 50th St. S. to Bean Ave. Head east on Bean Ave. to Avon St. Go south on Avon St. Park is at end of street).

Check out our website at http://www.co.clay.mn.us/Depts/Extensio/Extensio.htm
The University of Minnesota, including the University of Minnesota Extension is an equal opportunity educator and employer.

North Dakota State University does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, gender expression/identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, public assistance status, sex, sexual orientation, status as a U.S. veteran, race or religion. Direct inquiries to the Vice President for Equity, Diversity and Global Outreach, 205 Old Main, (701) 231-7708.

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Figure 1. Quick Fire® Hydrangea. Photo taken August 8, 2013.

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Figure 2. Little Lamb Hydrangea. Photo taken August 8, 2013.

EarthKind® Rose Trial Plot Tour

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EarthKind® Rose Trial Plot Tour

You are invited to attend the EarthKind® Rose Trial Plot Tour on Monday, July 1 from 10:00 am until noon. We will meet at the EarthKind® Rose Trial located in Moorhead at Centennial Dog Park, 2210 15th Ave N. From here, we will travel to Oak Tree Park located in Dilworth, to view another EarthKind® Rose Trial. Your tour guides will be Randy Nelson, UMN Extension, Clay County and Todd Weinmann, NDSU Extension Service, Cass County.

The EarthKind® Environmental Landscape Management System was developed by horticulture specialists at Texas AgriLife Extension Service in 1993. Its mission is to provide citizens with cutting-edge, research-based information regarding environmental stewardship for the ornamental landscape. Goals of the EarthKind® program include; reducing landscape water, fertilizer, and pesticide use and reducing yard wastes entering landfills through composting and use of such materials as organic mulches. Areas within the EarthKind® program where research has been especially focused include choosing the most adaptable plants for particular sites.

Please join us on Monday, July 1 at 10:00 am to view several roses that are well adapted to our region.

If you have questions about the plot tour, or to request disability accommodations, please contact Randy Nelson at the University of Minnesota Extension office, Clay County at 218-299-7338, 1-800-299-5020 or email at nels1657@umn.edu. Disability accommodations need to be requested at least one week prior to the event.

Check out our website at http://www.co.clay.mn.us/Depts/Extensio/Extensio.htm
The University of Minnesota, including the University of Minnesota Extension is an equal opportunity educator and employer.

North Dakota State University does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, gender expression/identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, public assistance status, sex, sexual orientation, status as a U.S. veteran, race or religion. Direct inquiries to the Vice President for Equity, Diversity and Global Outreach, 205 Old Main, (701) 231-7708.

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Garden Day

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Garden Day set for March 30, 2013 at NDSU, Fargo. Brochure

High Tunnel Workshop, March 7, 2013

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177.JPG"High Tunnel Workshop for Home Gardener & Commercial Growers" is set for Thursday, March 7, 2013 at St. Leo's Catholic Church Spirit of Life Center, 211 Langer Ave. N. Casselton, ND from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Our workshop presenter will be Mr. Terrance T. Nennich, U of M Extension Professor, Vegetable and Small Fruit Production.

High tunnels are a completely separate production technology compared to regular gardening or field production. At its simplest, a high tunnel is a non-permanent structure with no electrical service and no heating. A single layer of greenhouse plastic covers the frame, is left on year-round, and lasts two or three years. Vents are opened and sides rolled up manually. Plants in the tunnel are protected from frost by mulch or row covers.

High Tunnels are becoming very popular in the local food production system as they allow both the commercial grower & home gardener to produce an abundance of early produce and also extend the end of the year growing season. Fruits and vegetables grown in high tunnels are often of very high quality.

High tunnels require a substantial capital investment up front, but sometimes can pay for themselves in the first year and even return a profit, if managed properly. Although high tunnels are simple in nature they are deep in understanding. This workshop will cover the basics of installing & operating a high tunnel.

This workshop will also feature presentations on climate change, marketing produce, wind generators, and EQIP high tunnel program.

The registration fee is $25, which includes lunch, course materials and refreshments. Participants can call Todd Weinmann at the NDSU Extension Service, Cass County at 701-241-5707 or Randy Nelson at the UMN Extension Office, Clay County at 218-299-7338 for more information. Registration after March 1 is $35.

Registration form

County commissions, North Dakota State University and U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. North Dakota State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, disability, age, status as a U.S. veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, or public assistance status. Direct inquiries to the Vice President for Equity, Diversity and Global Outreach, 205 Old Main, (701) 231-7708.

The University of Minnesota, including the University of Minnesota Extension is an equal opportunity educator and employer.

Crops / Small Grains Update to be held on January 22, 2013

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You are invited to attend the Crops / Small Grains Update program at the American Legion in Moorhead on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

The morning session will feature presentations by Mr. Michael Krueger, President, The Money Farm, Casselton, ND; Dr. Hans Kandel, Extension Agronomist, Broadleaf Crops, Department of Plant Sciences, NDSU, Fargo; and Ms. Sharon Josephson, Senior Staff for Congressman Collin Peterson, Detroit Lakes, MN.

Mr. Krueger will present "Tight Supplies, High Volatility, Weather Rules." Dr. Kandel will present "Subsurface Water Management Myths and Facts." Ms. Josephson will highlight agriculture policy with her presentation titled "So What is Next?"

The afternoon session will feature the Small Grains Update. Presenters include Dr. Jim Anderson, U of M Spring Wheat Breeder; Dr. Madeleine Smith, Plant Pathologist, NWROC, Crookston, MN; Dr. Dave Grafstrom, NCTC and U of M Magnusson Research Farm, Roseau, MN and Dr. Dan Kaiser, U of M Extension Soil Scientist, St. Paul, MN.

Dr. Anderson will present the results of the 2012 variety trials and provide his and Dr. Jochum Wiersma's insights into the strengths and weaknesses of each variety. The information will help you select the best varieties for your farm in 2013. Dr. Smith will discuss the yield impacts of wheat stripe rust and management options. A number of diseases and viruses that impacted wheat production in some areas of Minnesota in 2012 will also be discussed. Dr. Grafstrom will discuss the results of a grower lead large scale research project and opportunities for growers to participate in the 2013 On Farm Research Program. Dr. Kaiser will discuss a multi-year trial related to tissue sampling in wheat, what you need to know about tissue sampling, and results of multi-year and multi-location research focused on soybean micro-nutrients.

Attendance is free, refreshments will be provided for the morning and afternoon sessions and a complimentary lunch will be served around noon. Morning refreshments will be available starting at 8:30 a.m.

Questions about this event should be directed to Randy Nelson, University of Minnesota Extension educator, Clay County, at 218-299-7338, 1-800-299-5020 or email nels1657@umn.edu.

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